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Grateful Dead Live at Market Square Arena on 1976-10-01

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Grateful Dead Live at Market Square Arena on 1976-10-01

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Bertha, Mama Tried, Deal, Cassidy, Friend Of The Devil, Big River, Brown Eyed Women, It's All Over Now, Scarlet Begonias, Promised Land Might As Well, Samson & Delilah, Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Dancin' In The Streets-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Ship of Fools-> Dancin' In The Streets-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Market Square Arena
Location Indianapolis, IN

Source Audience Recording: Sony ECM-33Ps
Lineage AudMC > DAT > WAV > SHN; Recorded about 20 rows from the stage on center axis with 2 hand held Sony ECM-33Ps > Sony TC-153 deck. Maxell UD-120 cassettes, with Dolby B ON.
Taped by Jerry Moore
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AudMC > DAT > WAV > SHN -- Recorded by Jerry Moore about 20 rows from the stage on center axis with 2 hand held Sony ECM-33Ps > Sony TC-153 deck. Maxell UD-120 cassettes, with Dolby B ON.


Reviewer: deadmax - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2009
Subject: Holy Ga-Moly!
Barely a low point in the show! With few reviews I expected this show to be a stop on the way to Oakland but it is a hightlight! Cassidy, FOTD are fantastic. SCARLET is an epic MONSTER! and needs to be listened to again and again. Even Promised Land smokes. The second set is other-worldly in it's solid-ness. The Help on The Way is so big it can't be contained in one Universe. Slipknot is one of the long ones where they really get exploratory and seem to "work some things out" like they used to do in Dark Star. This builds to a stunningly beautiful Franklin's. This is not a powerhouse, it is smooth as silk. The Dancin starts off ah-ight but then turns surprisingly into Drums that doesn't last long and serves only as a pointer to a new direction. The Wheel is quite beautiful and the outro jam let's us know that the boys have us firmly by the napes of our cosmic necks and are not going to put us down. This jam takes a surprising melt into a late set Ship of Fools. I didn't think this was going to work but it is a powerful, solid version of the song that does everything it needs to do. They usually just end this song but it dissolves into the missing end to Dancin. Make no mistake, there are some very odd musical things happening here that are pure magic. The song takes a minute of two before it rearranges itself from the cosmic mess into a recognizable Dancin. At this point I was pretty sure there would be no more segues but here comes GDTRFB! Bobby adds plenty China Cat riffs in here. This is a psyche-demented version that really feels like you are GDTRF pretty good. It races but leaves room for the crazy stuff too. They play the crap outta this song! That take it up, take it down a little then without getting too crazy bring it to a close like a leaf gently falling to earth. It's hard to tell where they want to take this but Jerry leads the way with a hint of OMSN. The drummers bring us into a very original intro to the song. Phil really likes playing this song tonight. They are all so present tonight that I really can't believe it. This song just rips. They are the cosmic minstrels.

This is up there with 6/28, 7/17, 8/4, 9/27 for tops in a tops year.
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2006
Subject: sweeeeeeeeet
nice sounding aud check out the help slip franklins
Reviewer: MCMRULES - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2006
Subject: Good Pre-80's AUD
This AUD is very listenable considering the year. If you played certain selections to a seasoned Head I bet they would be hard pressed to guess it's 1976. The setlist would be a dead giveaway with the orphaned Scarlet and all, which is a prime cut.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2005
Subject: Good jams
Highlights include a long, freeform Slipnote, one of the most jammin' Cassidy's, and the post-Wheel jam. The Scarlet is hot, too. These are all top-notch.

Low points include a Friend of the Devil that drags. Bertha here is starting to lose its earlier energy. Phil and Kieth aren't loud enough. But a good show.
Reviewer: Schnee100 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2005
Subject: listen to Jam after wheel before ship of fools!
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2005
Subject: great / worth a listen
scarlet alone worth the whole show...Not sure what it abt this place but they rocked it to the rafters each time.
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2005
Subject: Strangest I could find
This is a seriously chunky sounding AUD, pretty nice! Weir is very present and rippin rhythm all over the place. not the best show of the tour but some good jams, Slipknot is characteristically long and amazing, great Franklins, SWEET little jam out of The Wheel. Not sure if splitting up Dancin is really that wicked but it works, somehow.

Why so few boards from this tour? Odd.
Reviewer: TimePilot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2005
Subject: Gotta love 76...
This is a very good AUD for 1976. Everything here is sounding good with the slight exception of the bass not having enough bottom end. You can hear Phil just fine, it just doesn't rumble unless you tweak the EQ.

That being said, you definitely get the feeling you are there when you listen. Excellent verisons of Mama Tried, Deal, one of the best Cassidy's I've ever heard, gotta love a stand-alone Scarlet (and this one will stand up to any), and the Help>Slip!>Franks is awesome (not my favorite Help>Slip!, but one of the best versions of Frankiln's I've ever heard).

All in all, worth every second of the download. Sound=3.5, Setlist=4.25, Performance=4.5...4.08 overall.
Reviewer: PlaynnDBnd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 1, 2004
Subject: Help SlipFrank
The first set of this show is well played, with Scarlet standing out and spreading its wings a little more than most versions.
However, it's the second set that shines here. HelpSlipFrank has always been a potent combination and this version packs a punch. It seems that the 76 versions were a little spacier (6/3,6/10,6/14,8/4, etc) while the 77's were tighter and more centered on the Franklin's groove.(2/26,4/23,5/9,6/9 etc.) Whichever type you prefer this one will leave a smile on your face. Its one of the most underrated, underappreciated HelpSlipFranks the Dead ever played. I would assume that the reason for this is because this show seems to be available only as an audience tape. However, Jerry Moore did an incredible job, as usual, with the equipment available to him at the time. The Dancin that snakes its way through the middle of the set is also hot and shows off the bands ability to go in and out of a song with ease. The end of the show (GDTRFB, Sat Nite, USBlues)is over-the-top rock and roll and sent everyone home on an up note.
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